MA Contemporary European Philosophy

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

For students interested in Contemporary European philosophy (also known as "Continental" philosophy), University College Dublin is reckoned to be one of the top universities in the English speaking world (see The Philosophical Gourmet report). 

The ever-popular MA in Contemporary European Philosophy Programme draws on the three main specialisations of the relevant faculty. These are German Idealism and Post-Kantian Philosophy, Phenomenology and Critical Theory. Topics treated in the modules include transcendental and absolute idealism and subjectivity, intentionality and being in the world, embodiment and otherness, critique of ideology, autonomy and recognition and feminism and gender theory.

Curricular information is subject to change

Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

On successful completion of the programme graduates will:

  1. Have an understanding of the central ideas and key texts in contemporary European Philosophy including twentieth century phenomenology and/or critical theory;
  2. Have developed their own arguments and ideas with respect to these questions and approaches;
  3. Have the capacity to read and interpret difficult philosophical texts;
  4. Have the capacity to communicate clear lines of argument precisely and succinctly.

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Core Modules:

PHIL40030 Dissertation

Choose 4 from the list of Core Modules below:

PHIL40250 Merleau-Ponty's Phenomonology

PHIL40840 Autonomy as a Philosophical Problem

PHIL41240 Newamn: A Phiolosophical Perspective

PHIL41280 Feminist and Gender Theory

PHIL41320 Topics in Continental Philosophy

PHIL41330 Philosophy of Time

PHIL41810 Critique & Destruction

PHIL41840 Invention of the Modern Self

Option Modules:

Choose 2 from the list of Option Modules below:

PHIL40410 Philosophy and Literature

PHIL40840 Autonomy as a Philosophical Problem

PHIL41280 Feminism and Gender Theory

PHIL41330 Philosophy of Time

PHIL41510 Ethics in Public Life

PHIL41570 Problems from Kant

PHIL41590 Early Modern Philosophy of Language

PHIL41810 Critique & Destruction



MA Contemporary European Philosophy (W456) Full Time
EU          fee per year - € 10100
nonEU    fee per year - € 22600

MA Contemporary European Philosophy (W457) Part Time
EU          fee per year - € 5460
nonEU    fee per year - € 11300

***Fees are subject to change

Applicants must have at least a 2.1 (GPA of 3.08 or above) or international equivalent in an undergraduate degree (NFQ Level 8) that involves a significant amount of philosophy. 

Jacqueline Fitzgerald O’Callaghan
Graduate, MA In Contemporary European Philosophy 2022

Studying for a master’s degree in Contemporary European philosophy at UCD was intensely rewarding. Without a doubt I can attest that the school of philosophy is hugely supportive and the efficient administrative staff are always on hand to help.

In essence the MA programme offered an exciting opportunity to explore multitudinous philosophies whilst developing one’s own ideas and opinions within an environment of respectful inclusion. We students were expected and encouraged to develop and present well-backed up, well-informed arguments and to engage in lively debate. I particular liked how the MA programme fostered a culture of critical reflection which did not necessarily involve rejection of opposing viewpoints but rather encouraged us to honestly assess their strengths and weaknesses.

My experiences as a post-graduate student have encouraged me to continue to explore the field. Recently I had the honour of taking part in a discussion panel regarding the merits of bringing philosophy to primary school children, and have instigated philosophy workshops for secondary students.

Contemporary European Philosophy pervades our lives and the MA programme at UCD is to be lauded.

The following entry routes are available:

MA Contemporary European Philosophy FT (W456)
1 Years
Full Time
MA Contemporary European Philosophy PT (W457)
2 Years
Part Time

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised